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Premiere: Ilham Taps Arin Ray For 'Cycle Of Games' Video

Ilham is an artist on the rise. 

Singer Ilham takes a sultry approach at R&B for her new single, "Cycle Of Games."

Partnering with Arin Ray to bring a masculine spin into this track about betrayal and heartache, the sensual track combines the smooth sounds of keyboard instruments and artificial beats to tackle the tough topics.

“We all go through patterns in relationships whether it's friendship, romantic or even a work relationship where it gets toxic and we usually don't notice until it's long overdue to leave," says the rising talent. "Where is the line drawn between weakness or strength? I felt to answer that question that I needed Arin Ray to add a male perspective to it all.”

In the Bobby Hanaford-directed clip takes a minimalist approach as the artists bring this track to life in an abandoned house. While duking it out, the pseudo-couple appears to try and connect with each other but their efforts may be for nothing.

Coming in at just a little over four minutes, the vulnerable track attempts to "push the limits of social constructs, striving to make music that gives girls voices to speak up." Honoring the likes of inclusion, progression, and ownership of permission over their bodies and emotions, the young singer aims to be a new voice for the next generation.

"Cycle of Games" comes from the Queensbridge songstress' debut EP, 41-10, featuring Dave East and Arin Ray.

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The Hector Felix-directed video illustrates three instances of gun violence: an argument between three men that ends up with a mother grieving the loss of her son, a white police officer who pulls over a car with two unarmed black men and shoots one of them, and a mass shooter who opens fire at a concert. The video also attempts to humanize immigrants. The song, performed by I DO – the duo of vocalist J. Lauryn and producer Trackdilla – is just as mournful. "How many times will it take for us to see freedom? Too many bodies on the floor," J. Lauryn sings.

“We hope 'Tears' is a song that connects with anyone who has lost a loved one or friend to gun violence,” I DO told VIBE in a shared statement. "'Tears' is a song with a message. A message that many are trying to push. How many voices does it take for change to happen?”

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Watch the music video for "Tears" above.

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"We love Tierra and this is just the first of several things we have planned together," Jason DeMarco, senior vice president/creative director on-air for Adult Swim, said. "It's a joy to be able to work with talent of her magnitude."

Whack's latest drop, which can be viewed live on Adultswim.com, is right in line with her quirky style and unique video creations. The clip features stacks of potatoes, a few with faces on them and viewers have already given their two cents on the presence of the vegetable in the video.

Only @TierraWhack would give potatoes feelings and also make them scary and inedible lmao

— 🦇 J.W. (@gothistorian) April 9, 2019

this @TierraWhack video made me eat a whole raw potato just now https://t.co/EZh9zcxQFv

— Brian 🍊-g+t (@brorante) April 9, 2019

Don't forget to tune into Adult Swim between 8-9 p.m EST tonight (April 9) to catch the world premiere.

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Watch the video for Inas X's song "Me 2" above.

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